A workshop on “Entrepreneurship and Innovation as a Career Opportunity” was organized to raise awareness of entrepreneurs among the audience and to motivate them to innovate. Event started with some warm-up activities to make the event more interesting and full of fun. The speakers of the session Ms. Arpna Indurkhya (Innovation Ambassador-Advanced Level & Associate Professor, SAIP) explained in very simple language with examples that help the attendees to understand entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, and the key qualities that an entrepreneur should possess.
The objective of the workshop was:
- to give the attendees insights about the go ahead of an entrepreneur with global, national and local success stories of a successful entrepreneur including pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical examples.
- to give a new dimension to the students about career scope apart from the regular pedagogy, which focuses only on learning and placements.
- to motivate the students for acquiring creative thinking and to innovate for the participation in Idea Submission activities.
The workshop then evolved into an intuitive meeting where the participants offered their opinions on various relational skills. The lesson plan taught the students that entrepreneurs are risk-takers and self-starters who plan, organize, and deploy resources to capitalize on market possibilities, frequently by innovating to develop new or enhance already-existing goods or services.
The workshop also guided on the aspects of “carrying out of new combinations” that include the introduction of new goods, new methods of production, the opening of new markets, the conquest of new sources of supply and the carrying out of a new organization of any industry – thus Innovation.
Ms. Indurkhya also explained innovation, which is the capacity to use original approaches to problems and chances in order to improve people’s lives or benefit society. Entrepreneurship is not a personality feature; rather, an entrepreneur consistently looks for change, reacts to it, and seizes the opportunity that it presents.
The systematic investigation of potential opportunities for economic or social innovation that such changes might present is known as systematic innovation. It involves a planned, structured search for change. A business person is capable of “doing”, or turning a concept into a reality.
The workshop also explained importance and need of new entrepreneurs. Innovation and entrepreneurship cannot exist without the other. To become an entrepreneur, you certainly have found a creative, innovative way to solve a problem or answer a need. Whatever you come up with, someone else already thought about it. What differs is that an entrepreneur has the capability of “doing”, transforming an idea into reality. This can never be done without creativity and innovation.
In reality, creativity is not exclusively for ‘Elite’ people, it can be developed in all person. Creativity is a personal problem-solving process of a non-routine kind. It can be learned, practiced, and successfully applied by all- in every walk of life.
The facilitator even guided students on how to develop a mindset of becoming an entrepreneur rather than being a jobpreneur. She discussed all the things which included innovation and also define new term in new innovation.
The speaker elaborated with examples distinguishing the difference between Elitist and Developmental view of creativity, barriers of creativity, types of innovation i.e. invention, expansion, duplication and innovation. She explained the examples for all currently established entrepreneur of lead brands i.e. Bharat Pay, Shadi.com, MamaEarth, LensKart, Boat, Sugar Cosmetics, EmCure as well as pharma startup and their current position i.e. PharmEasy, 1mg, Procto, Retailio, Dava India, Pharma Rack, HealthKart and also showed the success stories of Mr. R.C. Juneja, Founder – Mankind Pharma and Dr. Dhaval Shah, Co-founder, PharmEasy.
The workshop also guided on the aspects of “carrying out of new combinations” that include the introduction of new goods, new methods of production, the opening of new markets, the conquest of new sources of supply and the carrying out of a new organization of any industry – thus innovation.
Event ended with some more fun activities for girls and boys focusing on the importance of communication.
benefits in terms of learning/skills/knowledge obtained
- The students had an idea about who an entrepreneur is and what they must have in themselves to be the future entrepreneurs.
- They understood the difference between risk taking and gambling.
- They also learnt to identify the relevant information presented in a problem an they were motivated to think for an alternate solution needed to solve the problem. Hence, started developing a critical mindset.
- The workshop made them understood the importance of emphasizing while coming up with the product/service.